New revelations about former Congressman Anthony Weiner's texting habits, including that he still had online relationships with women after he resigned from office, seem to be hurting his run for New York City Mayor. A new poll shows him behind city council speaker Christine Quinn who is in the lead among the Democratic candidates. Grace Rauh has the latest.
NEW YORK STATE -- Anthony Weiner says he believes he sent sexual messages to no more than three women after leaving Congress two years ago. There was the woman who came forward this week and now there are probably two others with embarrassing photographs and messages from the former Congressman who is now running for mayor. As for the total number of women he has sexted with online? That figure is hard to pin down.
"There are more than. There are a few. I don't have a specific number for you," Weiner said. "I said at the time of my resignation there were six. I don't believe in total there are any more. It's not dozens and dozens. It is six to ten I suppose. But I can't tell you absolutely what someone else is going to consider inappropriate or not."
Weiner tried to tally up his online sex partners while visiting a soup kitchen in Flatbush. We asked Weiner whether he views his behavior as an addiction. He says he does not.
Weiner said, "I don't believe that it is. The people that I am working with don't believe that it is."
The latest scandal is taking a toll on Weiner's campaign. He dropped nine points, going from first to second place in an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll taken after Weiner admitted his online sexting was still going on last summer.
Weiner's negatives also shot up. Fifty-five percent of Democratic voters say they do not have a favorable view of him.
The scandal is not going away. In fact, it is turning even more sordid. The website that broke the story of Weiner's most recent sexting has now published uncensored photographs that it says are of Weiner's penis.
The new revelations, though, are not compelling Weiner to hold back on the campaign trail. He took a shot at his rival, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in response to her remark that Weiner has exhibited consistently poor judgment.
Weiner said, "Look, you can question my judgment. I didn't lie to the people of the City of New York and say I wasn't going to overturn term limits."